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Multicultural Student Expo

 

 
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"Multicultural Student Expo" is a student organization fair for first year African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students. During the program, first year students have an opportunity to meet upper class students, learn about multicultural student organizations, and meet other members of their graduating class.
 
2016 Multicultural Student Expo

About 40 organizations hosted tables at the event and attendees enjoyed music, food, prizes and a black Greek fraternity and sorority stroll.

 

** Story by George E. Mauzy Jr.; video by Christofer Smith and Mark Phillips for Compass

 

2015 Multicultural Student Expo
The second annual Multicultural Expo was held on Aug. 27 in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Hosted by the Black Student Union and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Expo brought nearly 800 students and more than 40 organizations together.
The theme for the evening was “Nyanspo,” meaning the wisdom knot. “Nyanspo” originates from the Twi language, which is spoken by a section of people in the West African Country of Ghana.
 
Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, strategic director for diversity and inclusion and multicultural programs and initiatives, said upperclassman have viewed the event as a passing of the torch to the underclassman.
 
“A lot of student groups, the majority of their members are juniors and seniors and they’re about to graduate,” said Chunnu-Brayda. “They’re giving back to the incoming class telling them, 'here are some things that we did that made us successful and here are some things you should avoid.'”
 
Freshman Mateo Dillard said the Expo allowed him to become knowledgeable of the organizations on campus in a fun setting and helped set the tone for the year.
 
“I think the turnout went really well. It looked like everyone from LINKS was here – all of my friends came,” Dillard said. “I learned a lot more about the multicultural organizations and I signed up for a few. I’m looking forward to getting involved.”
 
As a corporate sponsor, the Athens Wal-Mart donated gift cards to several first-year students and spoke with students interested in professional and hourly employment opportunities. In addition to the gift card raffle, students were able to enjoy food while several groups provided the entertainment, including F.A.C.E.S Modeling, Anointed Ministries, ABCD dancers and several Greek organizations.
 
President of the Ohio University Black Student Union Morgan Peterson said the Expo took a lot of preparation and provided a necessary change of pace for multicultural students.
 
“I think it was nice to have a concentrated Multicultural Expo just because [at the involvement fair] there is a lot going on,” said Peterson. “In this setting, I think it’s easier for students to see what there is to offer for minorities at Ohio University.”
 
The Expo was sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. There are several other upcoming events this semester, including Black Student Union week and the Native American and Hispanic Heritage months.
 
** This story was originally written by Kierra Cotton for Compass
 
 
 
2014 Multicultural Student Expo

Fun, talent, information and laughs were just a few of the things shared during the first Ohio University Multicultural Student Expo on Thursday, Aug. 28.

The event, which was hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, attracted more than 700 multicultural students, faculty and staff to the Baker University Center Ballroom.

 

Multicultural Student Expo

Students file into the Baker University Center Ballroom
to participate in the Multicultural Center Student Expo
and Involvement Fair.
Photographer: Olivia Wallace

 

The theme of the evening was "Nyansapo," or the "wisdom knot" in the Twi language, which is commonly spoken by a section of people in the West African country of Ghana.

Winsome Chunnu-Brayda said in the spirit of "Nyansapo" it is hoped that the wisdom that the students gained at the Expo will guide them through their academic journey at Ohio University.

"This event was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to current and potential Patton College students," said Kelly Davidson, an academic counselor in the Patton College of Education. "We were able to plant a seed with the undecided students. I think overall the event was a huge success. Now we just need to build on this year's momentum and take it to a higher level next year."

One student said that she and one of the student organizations that she's involved with took advantage of the event's numerous information tables.

"I liked the fact that my organization, Athens Black Contemporary Dancers, gained about 20 new members tonight," said sophomore Raven Reid. "I even joined two new organizations myself."

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Kihresha Redmond and Rochelle Lewis of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority perform during the Greek stroll competition.
The Zetas won first place in the competition.
Photographer: Olivia Wallace


Throughout the evening, attendees enjoyed music, food, prizes and a black Greek fraternity and sorority stroll competition. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority won the first-prize trophy for its performance during the contest. Student organization Anointed Praise opened the entertainment portion of the evening with a spirited rendition of the popular Negro spiritual "Ride on King Jesus."

The Athens Wal-Mart hosted a table at the event that included information about jobs and internships that are available to the students. The store also gave away four gift cards worth a total of $300 to four first-year students via a raffle.

"I really enjoyed this event," said sophomore Jeffrey Billingslea, who led the Anointed Praise performance. "This year's event was much bigger and better than what was done last year. It gave the new students a glimpse into how busy and involved the multicultural students are on this campus."

 

Alumni Association

Students Taylor English, Traci Milliner and Britni
Walters ask questions at the Alumni Association table.
Photographer: Olivia Wallace

 

Chunnu-Brayda, associate director of multicultural programs and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion sponsored committee that organized the event, said the evening went really well.

"The large turnout of students was encouraging and I have to give credit to Dr. [Shari] Clarke, the vice provost for diversity and inclusion, for her vision for this event and arranging for Wal-Mart to serve as a corporate sponsor," Chunnu-Brayda said. "We're excited because this is the first year we had the Greek stroll competition and other performances and we see that those things kept the students here throughout the evening."

 

To see video coverage from this event, please click here.

**This story was originally written by George E. Mauzy, Jr. for Compass.


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